The table saw is a useful addition to any workshop as it allows you to
rip long planks of wood very easily. While table saw prices begin at a
very affordable level, you should be aware that these cheaper products
are relatively limited in what they can do. Of course, the larger saws
are far more expensive.
As with all power tools, the key to using a table saw is to push the wood
through gently, not forcing the saw to cut faster than it is capable off
(this will lead to the saw binding). A nice steady gentle force is far
more effective than trying to rush the cut: you'll get a better cut and
the blade will last longer.
When ripping a wide board, use both hands. Apply forward pressure with
the hand nearest the blade (but out of line with the blade) while holding
the wood firmly against the rip fence by applying sideward pressure with
the second hand.
When ripping narrower planks of wood it is imperative that you use a push
stick. Your hands should never get anywhere near the blade. Use one stick
to push the wood forwards while a second stick should ensure that the
work stays firmly against the rip fence.
Generally speaking, a more expensive saw will be more capable, powerful,
safe, and accurate resulting in fewer secondary operations. That does
not mean that good work cannot be done on an inexpensive machine.
type of saw is powered by a universal motor similar to those used in a
router. These types of machines are really intended for job-site work.
They are somewhat rugged due to their intended environment, they are portable
and are able to withstand being moved about as needed.
other category is the same basic machine with an improved rip fence of
increased capacity and a few other accessories thrown in that make the
machine nicer to use such as cast iron extensions instead of stamped steel.
The low-end machines in this class offer the woodworker enough power,
accuracy, and usability built into the tool to build furniture without
the frustration the lesser machines inject into a project; they are good
values and can be incrementally upgraded if desired.
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